Basic Search Help
Some general hints:
Parts of words:
You can use a shortened form of a word followed by an asterisk (*) to search on the beginning of the word. For example, searching on charit* will find "charity", "charities" and "charitable".
Linking phrases to create more complex queries:
You can use the words AND, OR and NOT (what are often called the 'Boolean operators') to create more complex queries. Brackets can also be used to group terms. For example:
child* and foster*
foster and not adopt*
domestic or serv* and training
illegitimate or (single and parent)
Searching on a whole phrase:
You can find exact phrases or strings of words by searching for them in between speech marks - or double quotes - "" . For instance:
"The Rover League"
will find instances of the phrase "the Rover League".
Searching on a date or dates:
Adding "and 1900" or "and 190*" will find records dated 1900 or records whose dates fall between 1900 and 1909 respectively.
The Advanced Search feature on Hidden Lives Revealed allows you to search either the majority of the site - or just a bit of it. For instance:
Unfortunately you can't search the Publication section from this box. You may browse or search through the publications on Hidden Lives Revealed here.